I hate shopping. Trunk Club makes it better. Heres everything you need to know about the personal styling service!
I first mentioned Trunk Club in this post, and since Ive been using it for even longer now, I thought a dedicated post was in order! Trunk Club is a clothing styling service, similar to Stitch Fix or DailyLook, but is a LOT better for many reasons, which Ill share in this post! So, lets dive in. And if you decide to try it, use my link and youll get a $50 credit when you make your first purchase!
Trunk Club Review
Ive used multiple online styling services over the years, but Trunk Club (while not perfect) is certainly the best one Ive tried. Ill break down in this post what it is, how much it costs, what I like and what I dont!
What is the Trunk Club
Trunk Club is an online styling service, where clothes are curated for you and shipped to your house to try on before you buy. Trunk Club basically takes the work out of shopping. You dont have to look for items online and you dont have to go to a store. Instead, you with work a stylist who sends curated items to you each month (or whatever frequency you like) to try on at home and then you just mail back what you dont keep.
To get started, you complete your style profile. All that entails is filling out out a quick questionnaire about your style, sizes, preferred price points. You can also note if youre looking for specific items (like new shoes or a black blazer) or types of clothes for a specific event (like vacation, a wedding or just a wardrobe refresh).
Then, you are assigned a stylist (the same one youll have each time) and he or she will send you a preview of what they picked out before it ships. That way, you can remove items you know you wont like or share if anything is priced too high. Then, it ships out for you to try on. You decide what you want to keep, make notes for your stylist on what youre keeping vs. sending back, and check out online or in the app. And then you mail back anything you dont want to keep.
Trunk Club offers services for both women and men. My husband uses Trunk Club too and loves it!
How much does it cost
Each trunk has a $25 styling fee and you are charged when your box ships. However, the $25 goes towards anything you keep and will be deducted at checkout. Or, if you are a Nordstrom credit card holder, the styling fee is waived every time.
What I like about the Trunk Club:
Makes shopping easy
Having clothes show up on my doorstep, that are in my budget, that are my style, and are my size: does it get any easier than that? Nope. And exchanges are easy you just tell your stylist you want a different size and theyll get it out.
I try things I normally wouldnt
In all four trunks, my styling has sent things I never would have ordered online, like sparkly heels, a faux suede jacket or a patterned blouse. Shes also sent me some of my go-tos that I needed to update, like booties and skinny jeans.
Shopping can be time intensive, especially since my town doesnt have great stores. To have access to nice department stores like Nordstrom, I have to drive 1.5 2 hours. And even shopping online can take a lot of time to filter through thousands of options. Having a stylist send me options to review that are in my budget saves so much time!
I also like being able to work with a stylist so get her advice about styling, sizing, etc. on things that came in my trunk if Im unsure of something. And, after you get a few boxes, shell note what new items you have that could pair with items in previous boxes, which helps to build a wardrobe!
You never have to pay for shipping when the trunk comes to you or when you send it back. And you dont have to print off a return label or a shipping label they include it all in the box and returns are done during checkout on the app or website. I seriously hate printing shipping labels. Lazy? Maybe. But hey, this service is all about convenience!
Everything is from Nordstrom
My FAVORITE part is that everything is from Nordstrom, which is where I prefer to shop anyway. With Trunk Club, I know the brands and I know they will be quality clothes, which was not the case with other styling services. Plus, if I get something in a Trunk that I love, I can easily buy more colors from Nordstrom.com. I already bought the black version of a leopard sweater I got in my first Trunk Club since I loved it so much.
If you are a Nordy Club member, you earn points on Trunk Club purchases like you would shopping in a Nordstrom store (or Nordstrom.com). You can use Nordstrom Notes and gift cards at Trunk Club too! Trunk Club also offers referral affiliate links so you can share your personal link with friends and family and if they sign up and make a purchase, youll get at $50 credit in your account!
If you see something cheaper at Nordstrom after you checkout your Trunk, theyll price match within 14 days of your Trunk Club purchase. Ive also noticed when something goes on sale at Nordstrom, its automatically discounted in my Trunk!
What I dont like about the Trunk Club
Yes, there are a few cons to Trunk Club! Nothing is perfect unless you just do all your shopping yourself in a Nordstrom store!
Sometimes things are just a miss! The past two months, I had a few items in my box that just felt way too old for me! Even my husband and a few of my friends said that they looked a bit matronly on me and Im still going for a youthful vibe! (I mean, who isnt?)
Sizing can be tough to nail and exchanges are okay but not great
This isnt really a con of Trunk Club since all online shopping can be difficult with sizing. But I guess I expected my stylist to nail it every time since she has my dimensions and also should know how brands fit. But, its just one of the challenges of shopping online and since exchanges are easy, this isnt a huge deal to me. But, in my last Trunk, I did have a number of things that were too big or way too long even though she knows Im very petite. Im 51.
This jumpsuit is super light and comfy but it was CRAZY long on me, even though it was a petitie.
If youve already paid for something and later decide to exchange an item you use your Nordstrom Credit or Debit card on file to pay for the other size and then theyll refund the original charge once you mail it back and it arrives to them.
Returns after the fact are not so easy.
While exchanges for a different size or color are easy, returns are not. Unlike Nordstroms very generous return policy, the Trunk Club return policy is not so lenient. After youve paid for your box and mailed everything back, if you have an issue down the road (like when I got a hole in one of my sweaters a week later), you have to get a return approved on a case by case to get a refund or Trunk Club credit. I love shopping at Nordstrom since their return policy is amazing (basically they take returns at any time) so you have to be SURE you want to keep something.
Bad stylist match is a possibility
If you dont love your Trunk Club stylist, that could be rough! But, I would say to give it a few Trunks together before you decide its not the right fit since he or she should adjust what she sends based on you feedback. Then, if things still dont improve, you can request to change your stylist. In your account under Support, you can call or email and they can help switch your stylist.
Overall, I love the Trunk Club and I highly recommend it! I plan to keep using it and so does my husband. And this is NOT sponsored I wish they paid me, ha! These are my honest thoughts after paying for my own Trunks and clothing purchases. To give you an idea of what Ive gotten in Trunks, here are some photos from my first four Trunk Club shipments!
This leopard print sweater and Spanx leggings both came in my first Trunk and I wear them a LOT (maybe too often??). I just love them both! I bought the black version of this sweater from Nordstrom.com afterwards since I loved it so much!
I love this dress! The color is unlike anything I own and I definitely wouldnt have tried this on in the store.
These Kamber heeled sandlesare really fun for the transition season.
This wrap jacket is a fun piece to add to my closet and, again, I wouldnt have tried it on if I saw it in the store or online.
I love these sparkly heels. If I had a fancy dinner or gala, I would obviously wear these. But they are also great paired with a simple work outfit to jazz things up a bit. Im presenting at a Beautycounter conference in March, and plan to wear them on stage!
And here are photos showing how Ive worked Trunk Club items into my existing wardrobe!
I never would have picked this blouse out, but I loved it when I got it in a Trunk! It pairs well with slacks or jeans!
My stylist also sent a blazer that pairs perfectly with it! (The blazer is sold out at Nordstrom, but I found it at Dillards so linked that.)
This black blouse came from Trunk Club and it pairs well with nearly everything in my closet. I especially love it paired with an all-black look though since the gold accents keep it interesting!
If youve tried Trunk Club, Id love to hear your experience! And if you decide to try it, use this link and youll get a $50 credit when you make your first purchase!!